Exhibition Opening: 5:30pm - 7:30pm 8 August 2019
Exhibition: 8 August 2019 - 24 August 2019

Vitroform is a visual arts collaboration between Art Aviso, Lord Coconut and 20 plus visuals artists re-imagining vintage soviet era glass test tubes reflecting their individual artistic practices.

Art Aviso Artists were supplied with a single, vintage glass, hand blown test tube from the USSR and invited to create a freestanding artwork using the test tube. Artists were encouraged to use the opportunity to potentially step outside of their usual art practice and use elements of play and experimentation in the process of producing a finished art piece.

Participating artists include: Andrea Hughes, Aneta Bozic, Anne Warren, Beth Hulme, Bronwyn Rodden, Catherine Stringer, Cetta Pilati, Claire Zylstra-Harding, Fiona Meller, Helene Boyer, Jennifer Baird, Jonathon Harris, Paula Mcloughlin, Julie Milton, Leah Mariani, Mia Oehlmann, Malini Maunsell, Monika Feuerstein, Penelope Le Petit, Peta Tranquille, Rowena Grace, Simon Bowland and Valentina Maxwell-Tansley.

Abiding by Malini Maunsell: Handmade book form: unique state hand-dyed and pressed Japanese paper and camellia flowers, embroidery thread, test tube; an extended reflection on fragility and strength.

The one we saved by Peta Tranquille:

Holy Moley by Anne Warren:

Fossil Fools by Simon Bowland: When I set out to reimagine a vintage test-tube, the most compelling associations were with science and technology. I;m fascinated by how they have shaped the way we live (the benefits and the costs), and the potential they have to impact the threads we face into the future 9such as climate change and other environmental disasters). Like the poem ‘No man is an island’ by english author John Donne, Australia is involved in the world and we are all part of the greater whole. If we ignore the long-term costs of not embracing new solutions, we risk becoming “Fossil Fools”.

Flawed by Fiona Meller: We are open to the judgement of our peers through the prism of social media. Our flaws are acutely visible and we feel them more intensely. We are like ‘vracked actors’ living in a world made of glass.

Invasive Species by Beth Hulme: My ‘Vitroform’ is about climate change denial. The test tube, growing up through, and from the remains of trees, depicts the scientific evidence of climate change. The air plants represent the resilience of our natural world to recover and exist, in the face of environmental catastrophe.

Fragile by Claire Zylstra-Harding: Three fragile elements are brought together; clay, glass and flora. Each have the earth as their origin, all have been manipulated in their own way at mans’ hand; refined, filtering out imperfections so they can be used for a better purpose. Here they are reconnected in their new forms, once again they are at the behest of mans’ hand to survive in their new fragile form. While most would presume the flora will die first there is always potential that either of the other elements will shatter.

Blue Circles by Jennider Baird: I was very keen to accept the challenge of using a test tube to make some art. I have used the actual test tube as the mark maker using the top of it to print my circles on paper.

Phallus Industriatus by Julie Milton: This work is inspired by Phallus Industiatus (commonly called Stinkhorn or Veiled Lady). It’s an extraordinary fungus. I was in awe of it when I encountered it when I lived in Darwin. They would appear overnight, be out for a few days, release a foul smell, then die. fascinating!

I’m Cactus! by Penelope Le Petit:

Message in a bottle by Leah Mariani:

Synthetic assembly by Rowena Grace: This work imagines plastic forms infused with living potential that have emerged and evolved in laboratory conditions. These semi-imitation life forms evoke the idea of biological enhineering, which considers biological forms as nothing more than material for scientific and economic exploitation. This stance continues into the present day the narrative of mechanics and materialism as the dominant explanation ofliving forms, the same view that was the intellectual foundation of the enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, and to extend this view to contemplate a potential future for life and technology.

Core Sample Studio by Paula McLoughlin: This is a core sample of my studio taken on a spefic day as a record of materials that make up ???

No More Balloons by Andrea Hughes:

Transformation by Cetta Pilati: Going beyond your form

Uitreo viventem by Catherine Stringer: Uitreo viventem is an alien deep sea creature which evolved from a mutant test tube. This handmade paper artwork was inspired by the extraordinary other-worldly appearance of many marine invertebrates. It was created from multiple different marine microalgae (seaweeds) which were processed individually to preserve their varying colours and textures, and then combined in a single sheet of paper to form the main body. This was then gently shaped and finished with a stiffening medium and UV protective varnish. The tentacles were made separately and attached to the test tube with silk threads which had been incorporated into the papers.

Small Worlds by Aneta Bozic:

Bitcoin Fever by Mia Oehlmann: Playing on the idea of the modern gold fever rush – some are winners some are not – digging for gold……

Groundbreaking by Helene Boyer: The test tube became the universal symbol for modern Science after borosilicate glass (80% silica sand) was created in 1893. Although superseded across scientific inquiry by investigative techniques like Spectrography, the test tube is still used in Chromatography whose earliest use separated plant pigments. Spectrography originated through the study of visible light dispersed through a prism, creating a rainbow, and its evolution has enabled recent advances in microbiology where soil bacteria are producing explosive benefits for animals and humans.

Grim Danger by Valentina Tansley: This work was inspired by the looming threat of climate change. Crafted from found objects and waste, I wanted to create a carbon neutral artwork from nothing. The paper scales were created from offcuts found in my studio from previous projects, all of which had been monoprinted with waste objects including plastic bags and old string. The printed page was torn from an old battered book discarded and destined for landfill, and the picture wire was rescued from the back of an old frame being refurbished. All these components were carefully crafted to create something – a new thing – from nothing.

Your Results Will Be Ready In by Jonathon Harris:This small installation illustrates the history of waiting times for HIV results experienced by the artist and his friends since 1993. Clear as day and at the same time hidden, the information is to be looked for and examined.

Food for Thought by Monika Feurstein: Inspired by an old science fiction movie (soy-lent green). A bit scary, thinking about the possibility of humans not having enough food and as a consequence end up eating our selves. And possibly experimenting to produce human body parts (hence the test tube) hmmmm, some would say gtotesque, morbid etc. But it’s science fiction or is it? Here in the 21st century, with climate change making itself apparent in assorted hilarious ways on a daily basis, a world population cresting over seven billion, devastating global pandemics a constant threat, posions in the air, water, and food supplies merely a given, and politicians insisiting it’s all a myth.

Infloresence by Bronwyn Rodden:


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This exhibition is presented as part of Craft Cubed 2019.